New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, Dec. 30,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ELIZABETH LUIKA MEYER
I Vol. 143,4^0.35
Arts & Entertainment
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zelttingl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Elizabeth Luika Meyer (13th!), Blanca Leal, Blanca Juarez, Irene Mills, Mona Jean Erdmann. Happy Anniversary to Lupe & Elsie Paredez (49 years!), Hilman & Elaine Wenzel (50 years!), Thomas & (Catalina Ortiz (27 years!), Marion & Mozelle Dome (belated), Shirley & Darryl Schmidt (belated).
City’s Christmas tree recycling underway
The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities began their annual Christmas tree recycling program in Landa Park, yesterday.
An area in the swimming pool parking lot has been designated as the site to receive the trees. Approximately 1,491 trees were converted to mulch last Christmas. Approximately 7,448 trees have been mulched during the last seven years.
Nails and other metal fasteners should be removed from the trees, officials said. The mulch is available free to residents.
Bridal Showcase set for Jan. 4
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, the New Braunfels Bridal Association will host its 14th annual Bridal Showcase at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave.
Admission is S3. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone planning a wedding or are helping someone else who is, this will provide an excellent opportunity to gather information and guidance.
Nfc*v Year's Eva party plannsd
Texas Nights wiU perform at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to I a.m. during a dance benefitting United Cerebral Palsy.
Call 1-800-798-1492 for ticket information.
Tima capsula planned for Sesquicentennial
As New Braunfels' 150th anniversary approaches, members of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule, which will be buried in comemoration of the Sesquicentennial year.
Submissions must be of paper origin, ie.. photographs, letters, documents. Submissions must either fit in a 9X12 or #10 envelope. Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are $10 and $5, respectively.
Deadline is Sept. 1,1995.
Submissions and payments i n be made at the Greater N*jw Braunfels Chamber of I mmercc office, 390 S. Seguin. The capsule will be buried at the civic center for 50 years.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Price decreases related to new HEB opening
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It’s American capitalism in action. Low prices at New Braunfels gas pumps benefit consumers but may create economic hardships for small gas stations.
The price fluctuations are local in nature, not a regional or national trend, according to Stan Cunningham of Edward D. Jones & Co. investments. “West Texas intermediate crude prices have been pretty flat at S17-S18 per barrel, and we’re not expecting that to change in the near future,’’ he said.
The downward spiral of gas prices traces back to Saturday, Nov. 19, 1994, when H.E.B. opened its Walnut Street store with gas pumps in front of the store. Regular unleaded gas at those pumps was priced at $0.99 9/10 per gallon, IO cents a gallon less than prevailing local prices at the time. “Since H.E.B. has come into the market prices in town do seem to have come down,” said Ray Parker of H E B.
Prices have continued to fall, with most stations in New Braunfels, including H.E.B., showing $0.95 9/10 per gallon of regular unleaded, $1.03 9/10 per gallon of intermediate grade and $1.10 9/10 per gallon of premium gasoline on Dec. 28 (See table).
Consumers are benefiting from a pricing technique called “loss leader pricing,” according to the regional manager of gas station/convenience stores in the area. A store prices its gas close to or below cost and takes a loss in gas profits to lure customers into the store, he said. The loss is recouped through profits of goods sold in the store. “H.E.B. has done that to get people in their parking lot and into their store. A lot of stores do it,” he said.
Henld-Zeitung photo oy MICHAEL DARNALL Drek K convenience store on Landa St. dropped their regular unleaded price to 87 cents per gallon. The decrease marks the first Lme ainee early last summer gas has dropped below 90 cents In New Braunfels.
Prices at 23 Area Filling Stations on
Dec 28, 1994
Circle K Landa/Walnut
Stop n Go 46W
Diamond Shamrock Walnut/lH-35 Texaco Walnut/lH-35 Exxon 337
Chevron by Courtyard S C Chevron 337 Exxon IH-35/Segum
87 9/10 87 9/10
95 9/10 969/10 95 9/10 95 9/10 95 9/10 99 9/10 99 9/10
When a station starts loss leader pricing, market forces prevail and neighboring stations drop their prices to remain competitive, the district manager said. Other stations in town later follow suit. “As competition changes, we have to change,” he said. As of Dec. 28, the Texaco, Exxon and Diamond Shamrock stations at the Walnut/IH-35 intersection near the H.E.B. all had prices identical to those of H E B.
Variation in local gas prices occurs because factors other than competition affect each store’s pricing, “lf it’s a new store, it might have a big mortgage payment and have to set its profit margin to meet that cost. But if it’s been there for a number of years, the mortgage may only be $500. That makes a big difference in operating costs,” he said.
If a gas station/convenience store outlet makes the bulk of its profits from convenience store sales, it can afford to drop gas prices and take a cut in gas profits. “Your price may
not be below cost, but you still have to maintain a certain margin above to meet other costs,” he said.
The stores selling gas for extremely low prices, such as the $0.87 9/10 at Circle K and Stop n Go, may do so for any of several reasons. For instance, if they are not connected with a national distributor, or ‘"unbranded,” they can blend gas with ethanol to keep their own wholesale gasoline costs down.
Small gasoline operators suffer from loss leader pricing because their profit margin is slim, said the district manager.
A store such as H.E.B. sells thousands of products. The price of any group of these can be slightly adjusted to offset low gasoline profits. Not so for the smaller convenience stores with narrow profit margins; some could be forced out of business, according to the district manager “If this continues there may not be as many gas stations in your town," he said.
Serold asks NBU to end
Mayor asks NBU board chairman to apologize for unkind remarks
By TECLO J. GARCIA
City Councilwoman Mary Serold told the New Braunfels Board of Trustees that gathering aller meetings and eating dinner at the rate payers expense was “unacceptable behavior” and called for an end to the social gatherings.
“You probably ate better than most of our customers," Serold told the board. ‘I hope 1995 will put an end to this.”
Serold said she came forth because of numerous complaints from citizens in her district.
NBU was warned by the county attorney earlier this year about violating the Texas Open Meeting Act by not giving notice of the meetings.
"You are appointed not anointed,” Serold said. 'There are some residents out there who don’t think that you feel their pain.”
Boud Chairman E.C. Momhinweg responded to Serold by saying: “I could debate this issue with you, but I won’t and thank you for those unkind remarks.”
On the urging of Mayor Paul Fraser and James Goodbrcad, NBU General Manager Paula Difonzo publicly announced that the board will not have
after meeting dinners and charged them to NBU. Although last night NBU trustees met at a Christmas function after the meeting.
Fraser also asked Momhinweg to apologize to Serold for his comments to her.
"Your remarks to a council member were rude and no customer deserves to be treated that way,” Fraser said.
NBU also voted to accept a bid from a company to trim trees for a year even though the finn withdrew its bid
Blume Tree Services had the lowest of three bids submitted to NBU by tree trimming companies, but withdrew its bid after bids were opened.
The second lowest bid was by Asplundh, the company which apparently owns Blume.
Trustees said that Blume must keep its bid, otherwise they would be forced to accept the second lowest bidder, something trustee Robert Or was not pleased with at all.
On suggested that the companies may have somehow contrived the situation so NBU would have to accept the next highest bid.
NBU Attorney John Dierkson said he would look into the matter and would probably be in contact with the company.
Holiday to be observed
From staff reports
lf you have business to conduct with your bank, city offices or county offices, plan to get it done today, or you will be waiting until Tuesday, as offices close Monday to observe the New Year’s holiday.
Trash pickup is the one exception. City residents who normally have Monday trash pickup will still have Monday trash pickup next week.
The Post Office will be closed Monday. There will be no window service or mail delivery, except for express mail. All county offices will be closed Monday.
Saturday edition replaces Sunday
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will publish a Saturday edition this week.
There will be no Sunday edition, and the Herald-Zeitung office will be closed Monday.
The Sunday edition will resume next Sunday.
All New Braunfels city offices will be closed Monday. The Humane Society animal shelter will be open Dec. 31 from 8 a rn. to noon. The animal shelter will then close until Jan. 3. New Braunfels Animal Control will be on duty Dec. 31 and Jan. I from 7 a m. until 4 p.m and Jan. 2 from 7 a rn until 11 a rn
Ringing in 1995
Clay Blaker heads list of entertainment opportunities for New Year’s Eve
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
An array of choices of how to ring in the new year caters to a variety of tastes and budgets for area residents.
Clay Blaker and Texas Honky Tonk Band headlines the 5th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at Wursthalle. Doors open at 8 p.m. with dancing from 9 p.m. to a.m. Door prizes, party favors, black-eyed peas and cornbread are part of the festivities. Tickets are on sale of High Brehm Hats of New Braunfels. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Comal County. For information call 629-2531. A sampling of other area New Year’s offerings follow.
■ Celebrate and help another worthy cause at the Civic Center New Year's. The celebration includes dancing to the warm sounds of Texas Nights from 9 pin. to I a.m. Proceeds benefit
United Cerebral Palsy. For ticket information call 1-800-798-1492.
■ New Years at Saengerhalle features music by the Grapes of Wrath, food, fun and festivities. The party lasts from 9 p.m. to I a m. Admission is $15 per person. Purchase tickets at Landa Foto, 359 Landa Plaza. For more information call 625-4255.
■ Frank Kosub & The Sounds of Country plays music for dancing at the Eagles Hall New Year’s Eve Dance. The $12 cover includes party favors and breakfast; BYOB. For reservations call 625-7243 or 625-1116.
■ Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church hosts a New Year’s dance with music by Los Tall Boys de Johnny Mora from 9 p.m. to I a m. Admisdon is $10 at the door.
■ The Comal County Fairgrounds is the letting for a New Year’s Eve Party with music by Storm of Austin. The party lasts from 9 p.m. to I a m.
Advance tickets are $15 at the Freiheit Country Store — no tickets will be sold at the door. Beer and set ups are available; BYOB.
■ The Texans Band entertains at the Holy Family Chuiw/ Mew Year’s Eve Dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are only $7 per person in advance or $9 at the door. For information call 609-5320.
■ The Bulverde Community Center holds its New Year’s Eve Dance with DJ music from 9 p.m. to I p.m. The advance admission prioe of $10 includes free snacks and party favors, and a free buffet at midnight. BYOB, sodas and ice are available for purchase.
■ The Guadalupe County American Legion’s New Yesr's Dance is a semi-formal affair with ballroom dancing to the music of the Tommie Varick Orchestra It begins at 8:30 p.m. Call 379-5709 for reservations.
■ Local perennial rock favorites the Stingrays
highlight New Year's at Lands Station. No cover, no reservations necessary
■ The Faust Hotel offer, i p»ny with country music by the y p ^
Cartene Walker Band, champagne and midnight breakfast for $15 per person. Abbey’s restaurant at the Faust is serving a special New Year’s menu. Rooms for two are available for only $49.95 on New Year's Eve night.
■ Wolfgang's Keller has two separate settings on New Year's Eve. Entertainment ii by Lynn and Lyle, who perform music of various styles. The 6-8:30 setting, priced at $75 pa couple, features a menu of prime rib, wiener schnitzel and salmon. The 9 p.m. to I a m. setting allo includes party fevers and champagne and coats $95 pa couple.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!